Healthcare Sector Review: Winning and Losing Stocks on Dec 14th

Wall St. Watchdog reveals information about today’s action in the Healthcare (NYSE:XLV) sector:

Gainers (% price change)

  • ViroPharma Incorporated (NASDAQ:VPHM): The shares closed at $27.80, up $4.21, or 17.85%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $1.96 billion. About the company: ViroPharma Incorporated is a biopharmaceutical company committed to the commercialization, development, and discovery of new medicines. The Company’s products include a treatment for prophylaxis of hereditary angioedema as well a capsules for the treatment of antibiotic associated pseudomembranous colitis caused by Clostridium difficile infection (NYSE:CDI) and enterocolitis. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Cornerstone Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRTX): The shares closed at $5.60, up $0.52, or 10.24%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $145.73 million. About the company: Cornerstone Therapeutics, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, and commercializes therapeutic products. The Company develops products that are designed to regulate the body’s inflammatory response associated with asthma and critical care diseases, and products for the respiratory market. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Sucampo Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:SCMP): The shares closed at $4.26, up $0.39, or 10.08%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $178.40 million. About the company: Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. researches and develops drugs based on protones, which are derived from functional fatty acids. The Company produces a prescription drug for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Bio-Reference (NASDAQ:BRLI): The shares closed at $15.53, up $1.13, or 7.85%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $434.06 million. About the company: Bio-Reference Laboratories, Inc. operates an independent clinical laboratory in the Northeast United States. The Company’s laboratory has specialty capability in the areas of genomics, oncology, correctional health, and complimentary medicine. Bio-Reference also offers information solutions for reducing healthcare costs and improving quality performance. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Columbia Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ:CBRX): The shares closed at $2.33, up $0.16, or 7.37%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $203.33 million. About the company: Columbia Laboratories, Inc. is an international pharmaceutical company that develops and markets women’s health care and endocrinology products. The Company develops products intended to treat infertility, dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, and hormonal deficiencies, primarily utilizing its Bioadhesive Delivery System technology. Columbia markets Striant, and Prochieve 8% and 4%. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

Losers (% price change)

  • Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKRX): The shares closed at $9.97, down $0.73, or 6.82%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $944.06 million. About the company: Akorn, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets ophthalmic and injectable pharmaceutical products. The Company sells various diagnostic and therapeutic pharmaceutical products focused primarily on ophthalmology, anesthesia, antidotes, and rheumatology. Akorn also markets ophthalmic surgical instruments and other supplies, and provides contract manufacturing for third parties. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Arena Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARNA): The shares closed at $2.01, down $0.12, or 5.63%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $293.51 million. About the company: Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biotechnology company that has developed a receptor-based screening assay using their own CART technology. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL): The shares closed at $15.89, down $0.9, or 5.36%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $528.33 million. About the company: Quidel Corporation discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets rapid diagnostic products for point-of-care detection of human medical conditions and illnesses. The Company’s products provide diagnoses for acute and chronic conditions in the areas of women’s health and infectious diseases. Quidel’s products are sold to professionals and to consumers. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Ariad Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ARIA): The shares closed at $10.42, down $0.59, or 5.36%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $1.38 billion. About the company: ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. discovers, develops, and commercializes small-molecule drugs to treat aggressive cancers. The Company’s first product candidate is an investigational mTOR inhibitor. ARIAD’s second product candidate is an investigational pan BCR-ABL inhibitor for treatment of blood cancers. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Amarin Corp. plc (NASDAQ:AMRN): The shares closed at $6.38, down $0.36, or 5.34%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $864.50 million. About the company: Amarin Corporation PLC is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company researches, develops, and commercializes drugs for the treatment of hypertriglyceridemia, central nervous system disorders, and cardiovascular diseases. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

(Note: Selected financial data are sourced from Google Finance. All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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